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Issued at 25/10/2014 7:38am. Valid till 26/10/2014 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
It has been cold overnight with a dusting of new snow over the past 24 hrs. There will be minimal softening on SE to SW aspects today, however be cautious around avalanche run out zones. The main concern today will be very steep terrain where new sun softened snow could gather in gullies and travel long distances. If in doubt choose ridge-lines to access the backcountry. The snow line is disappearing fast at present, watch for areas of creep and glide, be cautious you are not surprised by a huge gap on your slope. Know what is just over that rollover.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
New snow Thursday/Friday has been transported about by gale force SW winds. Snow fall totals have been light. Observations at this time of year a limited, take a conservative approach to entries from the ridge-line to lee aspects, You need to be cautious of stiff hollow sounding pillows of hard snow, cold temperatures are slowing the bonding process. It should be a good day to get a few more turns out of the season, enjoy !

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new observations over the past few days. Any new sighting or observations, add it to our regional page !

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
This weekend you will find a mix of conditions in the backcountry. The base of the snowpack is well settled. Areas of windslab has developed on lee aspects with gale force winds over the past few days, day temperatures are expected to be cooler for the weekend. Spring corn conditions on solar aspects with a dusting of snow from the previous weather system. Be cautious of hidden hazards that may be covered by a thin layer of new snow. Take note of the recent temperatures and adjust your timing to suit the conditions.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Any remaining cloud clearing this morning to a mainly fine afternoon, more snow/rain for Sunday as another active front moves in from the Tasman. Winds from the NW, becoming gale force this evening, turning SW Sunday as the front touches down. The freezing level rising to 1800 m, dropping to around 1000 m Sunday.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Temperatures will be cooler over the next few days, you will expect to find hard icy conditions early morning and perhaps most of the day. Remember a fall in these types of conditions can lead to an uncontrollable high speed slide. For added safety take an ice axe and crampons with your kit.

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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